The Cleveland Cavaliers have prevailed against the Boston Celtics twice during the current season. Can the Celtics get back on track in their third attempt? You can watch the game on NBA TV Philippines beginning at 8:30 AM.
In a decisive victory over the Toronto Raptors, the Cavaliers ended a losing streak that spanned three games. Jarrett Allen got a double-double consisting of 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Donovan Mitchell scored 35 points, the highlight of which was his eight 3-pointers.
The team’s record of 39-25 places them in fourth place in the East. Since the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets are hot on their heels in the close battle for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, they cannot afford to rest on their laurels. Their next 11 contests are scheduled for the Eastern Conference, including two matches each versus Boston, Miami, Charlotte, and Brooklyn. The next games will likely have a significant bearing on the Eastern Conference’s appearance when the playoffs begin.
Meanwhile, the Celtics are reeling after a disheartening defeat suffered on the road against the Knicks. The fact that Jayson Tatum was given his first career ejection in New York was the most impressive information to emerge from the city. After contesting a non-call on his jump shot, the four-time All-Star has assessed a second technical foul for his disruptive behavior. After scoring just 14 points, he was taken out of the game. Although he had seven rebounds and nine assists, he shot just six of eighteen from the field.
In their game against the Knicks, the Celtics had a terrible shooting performance from deep, making just nine of their forty-two attempts from beyond the arc. Since their shots from the perimeter were successful, they could not reach the free-throw line and thus attempted just 14 shots. In contrast, the Knicks had 34 opportunities at the free-throw line, making 23 of them.
The Boston Celtics have a record of 44-18 and are now in second place in the Eastern Conference. This is because the Milwaukee Bucks, who have won 15 games in a row, have leapfrogged them to take first place.
The Celtics are going up against the Cavaliers for the third time, and they hope this will be their lucky game. These two teams have already competed against one another twice, with both contests going into overtime and ending with a victory for the Cavaliers.
On the road, Caris LeVert and Mitchell scored 41 points in their first game against one another. The second time they faced each other was in early November in Cleveland. Darius Garland was returning from an eye injury at the time, and he scored 29 points to back up Mitchell, who had 25.